Founded in 2015, Lobe makes an AI tool that allows developers to build custom deep learning models for their applications without having to type code. The team plans to continue to develop Lobe as a freelance service for multiple platforms.
Microsoft has purchased San Francisco-based artificial intelligence technology boot Lobe for an undeclared sum.
"Lobe's simple visual interface allows people to easily create intelligent apps that can understand handwritten, listen music, read handwriting, and more," wrote Microsoft Executive Vide President and Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott in a Thursday blog post.
Developing AI and deep learning models are generally "slow and complex processes, even for experienced computer scientists and developers," pointed out Scott. Lobe ̵
Salary was founded in 2015, and makes a development tool that allows developers to build custom deep learning models for their programs without having to type code. The team plans to continue to develop Lobe as a freelance service for multiple platforms.
"Lobe is excited to join Microsoft to accelerate development and deployment," wrote the team in a note on their website. "As part of Microsoft, Lobe will be able to utilize world-class AI research, global infrastructure and decades of experience developer development tools. Together we are committed to making deep learning easy, understandable and accessible to everyone."
Scott echo that feeling, says Lobe's technology will put "AI development in the hands of non-engineers and non-experts."
This is Microsoft's third major AI-related purchase at the end, after Semantic Machines were purchased in May and Bonsai in July. Berkeley, Calif. -Based Semantic Machines makes "conversational AI" technology that allows users to communicate with bots using natural language that goes beyond simple commands and queries. Bonsai, also based in Berkeley, California, builds a deep reinforcement learning platform that allows companies to build AI in industrial control systems.